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The Canadian LTAD model divides the human life span into 7 activity-related stages and is designed to provide everyone with the skills, attitude, and knowledge required for healthy engagement in life-long physical activity.

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Sport for Life

Being healthy and active for life is something that Canadians truly care about and this is why we support the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) movement. We embrace terms such as physical literacy with its focus on learning fundamental movement and sport skills which build confidence and in turn encourage physical activity later in life. We must remember to keep sports and physical activity fun. Competing to win should come second to learning the skills of the game. Children should also be exposed to a variety of sports to keep their sporting experience enjoyable and to continue being active into adulthood. What Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is showing us is that a well planned practice, training, competition and recovery regime will ensure optimum development and promote a positive sport experience.

This January 19th & 20th, Ottawa is playing host to the CS4L Workshop, where hundreds of delegates from across Canada will come together to share stories, programs and best practices on the Canadian Sport for Life movement. In support of CS4L, SIRC will be displaying a number of CS4L and LTAD resources at our Resource Centre booth during the event. Be sure to drop by and say hello!

Feature Articles

Physical Literacy

The concept of physical literacy is rooted in both academic writing and in the day-to-day activities of physical educators, recreation practitioners, and coaches. On the academic side, Dr. Margaret Whitehead's landmark 2001 paper, "The Concept of Physical Literacy," sparked considerable interest and academic debate. On the practical side, the idea of developing physical literacy as part of Canadian Sport for Life (Long-Term Athlete Development) (Balyi et al., 2005) has been adopted and has made physical literacy a key component of current discussions about how sport, recreation, health and physical education can help Canada deal with its growing problems of increased levels of physical inactivity and obesity.

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Supplementary Article: Physical Activity for People with a Disability

Fun & Function

When it comes to fitness program design for youth, psychology will trump physiology nearly every time. For children to buy into and reap the benefits of a program, they must enjoy it! If you display enthusiasm, passion, patience and creativity, the kids will mirror it.

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Supplementary Article: Teach them to fish, Feed them for life

Ready of Not!

Readiness for competitive youth sport should be based on an evaluation of the compatibility between a child’s level of growth, maturity and development (i.e. social and psychological) and the demands of the task. The concept of readiness is addressed in this article. Some guidelines for parents, coaches, teachers and scouts are presented in order to make an informed decision of a child’s readiness for competitive sport participation.

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Supplementary Article: Competition in Organized Youth Sport

Long Term Athlete Development

Scientific research has concluded that it takes eight-to-twelve years of training for a talented player/athlete to reach elite levels. This is called the ten-year or 10,000 hour rule, which translates to slightly more than three hours of practice daily for ten years (Ericsson, et al., 1993; Ericsson and Charness, 1994, Bloonn, 1985;Salmelaetal.,1998) Unfortunately, parents and coaches in many sports still approach training with an attitude best characterized as "peaking by Friday," where a short-term approach is taken to training and performance with an over-emphasis on immediate results. We now know that a long-term commitment to practice and training is required to produce elite players/athletes in all sports.

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Supplementary Article: Annual Age-Grouping and Athlete Development

News from SIRC

Visit the SIRC Resource Centre at the 2011 CS4L Workshop!

SIRC will be making available a number of LTAD print and online resources at our mobile Resource Centre in the Victoria Room, the Delta Ottawa City Centre (formerly the Crowne Plaza) at the 2011 Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Workshop January 19-20, 2011. Come see what’s new!!

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SIRC Research Award

SIRC invites Canadian university students and faculty to submit their original sport related research for consideration of the 2011 SIRC Research Award.


  • Final paper submission deadline: March 25th, 2011

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Ask A SIRC Librarian

SIRC members have access to SIRC librarians and we are pleased to share some of your questions.

Dear SIRC Librarian:
I have been informed about LTAD within the last 6 months. I am the director of a baseball club and also responsible for the youth program in our community baseball association. I have been asked to present a paper on developing an entire program for our baseball league (tots to adolescents). I would like to present LTAD in a way that will not seem intimidating to members of the community so I am trying to find as much information as I can to prepare for the presentation. Do you have any suggestions on where I can look?


Director, Community Baseball


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